Silhouettea sibayi Farquharson, 1970
Barebreast goby
photo by SFSA

Family:  Gobiidae (Gobies), subfamily: Gobiinae
Max. size:  4 cm SL (male/unsexed)
Environment:  demersal; freshwater; brackish; marine; depth range 1 - 20 m, amphidromous
Distribution:  Africa: Lake St. Lucia (Ref. 11228), Lake Sibayi and Kosi Bay, South Africa (Ref. 7248).
Diagnosis:  Dorsal spines (total): 7-7; Dorsal soft rays (total): 11-11; Anal spines: 1-1; Anal soft rays: 13-13. Body pale with red and brown flecks; series of small black spots along mid side; anterior portion of 1st dorsal fin dusky; pelvic and anal fin margins normally black (Ref. 2798).
Biology:  A cryptic species occurring on sandy bottoms (Ref. 4343). Found over sand in shallow littoral areas to about 20 m depth (Ref. 7248). Buries its body in the sand, uses first dorsal fin for display and possibly as a lure to attract prey (Ref. 7248).
IUCN Red List Status: Endangered (EN); Date assessed: 25 January 2017 (B1ab(iii)+2ab(iii)) Ref. (123251)
Threat to humans:  harmless
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Entered by: Cruz, Tess - 06.08.92
Modified by: Luna, Susan M. - 04.10.07
Checked by: Sa-a, Pascualita - 11.07.94

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